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Old 09-02-2019, 12:40 PM
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Is this little darling happy with the heat? No. Would it do better with some cooler nights? Absolutely. But grow and bloom it does, even in my tropical climate. It even powered through a long heat wave (otherwise know as ďsummerĒ) when our heat index was 108įF/42įC with a minimal diurnal range. I am looking forward to autumn. The blooms donít want to open up fully when itís that hot, canít say I blame them, but this has been blooming off and on, with one or two blooms at a time, since May. Itís adorable. I spray it down with some distilled water a few times a day when I walk by it and very lightly fertilized once a month. I have a fan outside to help with the temps and air movement, and it is grown in a fairly shady spot. I also recently added some live moss to the mount. I really need to try out some more heat tolerant Pleuro alliance types!















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A true beauty. Very nice!

You definitely have an "orchid" thumb, especially considering some of the challenges you face with your growing conditions.
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Old 09-03-2019, 04:04 PM
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Thank you so much! This Restrepia purchase definitely fell under the Ďwhy the hell notí category. Iím curious to see how it does long term, itís only been in my care a little over a year, but itís lasted through two summers so thatís promising
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Lovely. I also have a helluvatime keeping these going. Blooms are few and far between but a cause to celebrate when it does happen. But cooler temps are coming!
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Iím not so patiently waiting for some cooler nights
Iím just starting to experiment with some Pleuro types. They are touchy but so darn cute! So far I have a little Dracula lotax (never bloomed it) and a Pleurothallis tribuloides (no problem getting that to bloom) for two full years and then added a Stelis pachystele (spiked but blasted when I hit it with some fertilizer and crappy tap water accidentally) and this Restrepia over the past year or so. Iím always surprised at how many times each of times these growths can bloom on the Restrepia.
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That's nice growith. Great flowers too.
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